Parousia Magazine Indwelling Issue 13

I welcome you to the long-awaited Parousia Magazine Indwelling Issue 13. Thank you for staying true to us, cheering us on, and giving us all the positive vibe we need. I have personally received your gracious embrace in calls, messages, and in-person greetings and this kind act of yours doesn’t just give me joy but motivates me. This is why Issue 13 came to life. Parousia Magazine is a name to reckon with when it comes to publishing Christian literary works to a global audience; this we have been doing for 6 years and we shall keep doing. I am … Continue reading Parousia Magazine Indwelling Issue 13

PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021 we are pleased to announce that Parousia Magazine is open for its annual Christmas short story contest with a ₦25,000 prize. The theme for this year contest is “A Christmas Miracle.” Deadline is December 22nd, 2021. This contest is open to Christian writers from Nigeria only. The winning entry claims the prize. Send your story, maximum of 3000 words to parousiareads@gmail.com All contestants should follow us on all our social media platforms Facebook Page: Parousia Reads and Magazine Facebook Group: Parousia Collective Instagram: @parousiamag Twitter: @Parousiamag Continue reading PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

Pinnng! by Marcel Graves – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pinnng! nosce te ipsum (Latin meaning: know Thyself) By: Marcel Graves (Genesis 1:26) Truly glorious gifts come in small packages: Consider your size relative to our planet, Nay, our solar system, Nay, our galaxy, Nay, our universe! We are truly miniscule. But inside! Whoa! What an infinite greatness is working from within! Created in the image and likeness… Small words to behold, but powerful when their true meaning is disclosed. Who would have guessed where the Creator has hidden His secret sacred manna in such plain sight? The Trinity is within each of us! How do you like them apples? … Continue reading Pinnng! by Marcel Graves – PAROUSIA Magazine

Two Poems from Ann Privateer

Hair Woven, pressed, rolled, washed, curled, cut, shaved, combed, dyed, dried, tied, fried, palmated, braided, wired, piled, styled, tamed, rinsed, renewed, wind blown, flipped, up, back, under, clipped, unruly, wiry, teased, twisted, red, blond, gray, auburn, brown, chestnut, silver, ginger, sandy, bleached, black, fuzzy, sculpted tresses, mops, manes– Art: the color of hair. Above and Beyond I took out the old Oldsmobile for a spin over the mountain the top was woven with willows and far more oleanders than my mind could hope to hold. Fearless plants fondly growing more human though never full of blood like the animal kingdom‘s … Continue reading Two Poems from Ann Privateer

Interview with Oluwatoyin A Olojo

Beauty For Ashes is an outstanding book published by Parousia in 2021. We had an interesting conversation Oluwatoyin A Olojo about her debut book. This interview gave insight about her and her book. Why did you decide to write Beauty for Ashes? Is there something specifically that spurred you to write this book? Writing Beauty for Ashes was strictly by the instruction of the Holy Spirit. First, I received the title, then the launch date which was just six months away, then the chapter by chapter title as well as their  subtitles… It was indeed divinely orchestrated. Have you always … Continue reading Interview with Oluwatoyin A Olojo

GOD SEEMS DISTANT by Abasiama Udom

GOD SEEMS DISTANT Humans are close But cannot understand and this place of a leader I want no more. The price is too steep, the depths too wide God seems distant, my pain is all I hear. BIO: Abasiama Udom is a polymathic writer and poet, she writes from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Her works have been published in Kalahari Review, Imspired, The Sandy River Review, Rigorous Magazine and elsewhere. She is constantly chasing new adventures but appreciates the constancy of food, music, books, family, sleep, and football in her life. She is on instagram abasiama.udom Continue reading GOD SEEMS DISTANT by Abasiama Udom

Happy Birthday by Ann Privateer

Happy Birthday I think you’re wonderful Happy birthday to you You are my sunshine Happy birthday I’ll row your boat If you row mine Happy birthday dear baby I think you’re Devine Happy birthday to you I want you, baby Because life Is but a dream I want you the way you are So stand by me, I’m yours Don’t worry, be happy It’s my birthday. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading Happy Birthday by Ann Privateer

I WILL by Abasiama Udom

I WILL I will stand by your door I will knock till you open I will call out your name even in eternity’s yawn my legs hurt, my fingers bloody my voice hoarse Yet I will stay, Arms wide open Proclaiming a love you desire I will stand by your door, I will knock, I will wait BIO: Abasiama Udom is a polymathic writer and poet, she writes from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Her works have been published in Kalahari Review, Imspired, The Sandy River Review, Rigorous Magazine and elsewhere. She is constantly chasing new adventures but appreciates the constancy of food, … Continue reading I WILL by Abasiama Udom

In the Morning by Ann Privateer

In the Morning When sun shines in And flaws take shape Because mother said You must be perfect Even if the man in bed Isn’t, I’m wed to someone I don’t know who owns Summers of snow No flowers, no hope With nothing to guide Even love needs faith To shine through. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading In the Morning by Ann Privateer

MAD OR IN LOVE by Abasiama Udom

MAD OR IN LOVE I still pray amidst my pain To a God I am not sure hears either I am mad or in love yet I choose the later loving, trusting desperately this God in whose word I find redemption yet I am either mad or in love BIO: Abasiama Udom is a polymathic writer and poet, she writes from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Her works have been published in Kalahari Review, Imspired, The Sandy River Review, Rigorous Magazine and elsewhere. She is constantly chasing new adventures but appreciates the constancy of food, music, books, family, sleep, and football in her … Continue reading MAD OR IN LOVE by Abasiama Udom

An Antenna by Ann Privateer

An Antenna Sits on my windowsill Two long silver fingers As thin as fishing poles Like a V for victory Pointing to heaven Captures the signal From networks in the ether Connecting me To comedy, sometimes Or news of the day And then, I’m not alone. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading An Antenna by Ann Privateer

Becoming Like Christ by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola

Why metamorphose like the world When you can be like the Word? For many are ignorantly deceived By the appealing of the world Thinking they’re admirable in the world But, their worthlessness lie in a bed of roses And by and by in time and tide They will be a wart to the world And their breath will be a buffer zone For they have neglected the Word Helter-skelter they run after the world With the schizophrenia of what the Word is to the world And the Kingdom of the Word will oust the world at the Lord’s return. So, … Continue reading Becoming Like Christ by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola

BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Oluwatoyin A. Olojo – BOOK RELEASE – PAROUSIA Reads

We are so glad to announce the release of the debut book of Oluwatoyin A. Olojo, “BEAUTY FOR ASHES.” About the Book Beauty for Ashes by Oluwatoyin A. Olojo is a masterpiece on healing, love, faith and hope with love being the foundation.  It describes the unique journey of man with God, a true Christian life, and that of other people using the author’s life as a canvas for the reader’s reflection. It also emphasizes the ways and need to let go of every pain from the past in order to fully embrace the beauty in the present and expected … Continue reading BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Oluwatoyin A. Olojo – BOOK RELEASE – PAROUSIA Reads

Divine Encounter With Jesus Christ (My Testimony) by Chinwe Chinaka – PAROUSIA READS

We are pleased to announce the release of “Divine Encounters With Jesus (My Testimony)” by Chinwe Chinaka. This is a memoir written to inspire you to march into victory. Chinwe Lillian Chinaka hails from South Eastern Nigeria, she is the fourth child in a family of seven: four girls and three boys. She hold a Post graduate Diploma in Education from University of Benin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with Social Policy from Open University United Kingdom. It was during her one year youth service programme in Nigeria she met her husband. They got married immediately … Continue reading Divine Encounter With Jesus Christ (My Testimony) by Chinwe Chinaka – PAROUSIA READS

Three poems from Chandra Gurung | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

This Evening Hoard in heart holding the ears of this stormThat, like a tormenter, entered the gardenTo rob it of its beautySome bright dayWe can talk about this dark time. Don’t allow an easy fallTo the tears falling from your eyesLet some dust of rage rise from the floorWhere the drops fallLet dissatisfaction take a few stepsLet some hands rise in dissent. My friend, adorn in the canvas of your heartThe beautiful image of a smileThat drifted to the fringe of a cheek.In the sky of time, some day-This bird of smile can flap its wings of desireAnd take a … Continue reading Three poems from Chandra Gurung | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Two Poems from Anayo Valentine Dioha | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

THE EPIDEMIC (NEW CORONA) Woe bring’st thou and woe thee betide.For all that sorrow to thee are tied.And for fatalities by yours upon our comrades;First the SARS, then MERS; all in raids,Usurping our dominance over lower beings,From bats and cats to donkeys and dogs, like outlawed kings. Perhaps these, for transgressions by our kind,Perpetrated against the will of a mega mind;And thou, the vindication of cautions clearly laid.Only though such a warning, only subtly said. Now we cast thee; from us be gone!With thy mantra at present we’re done.Flee from ours for thy case now clear,And we are bound to … Continue reading Two Poems from Anayo Valentine Dioha | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The Day We Learnt To Wash Our Hands by Elizabeth Robyn Stanton | Short Story | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The Day We Learnt To Wash Our Hands The Universal creator took a paint brush and flicked it across the world. It landed where it did. The people didn’t see it coming, even though it was quite a bright white, it wasn’t until it landed on the skin that it came into awareness. Still many just looked at the afflicted and decided, while it’s not me, I will not bother. The word on the street was, it’s those people over there, it’s how they live, it’s what they eat, it’s their fault. It’s their governments fault, it’s their religion, it’s … Continue reading The Day We Learnt To Wash Our Hands by Elizabeth Robyn Stanton | Short Story | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

SUNLESS DAYS Our hopes have flownAnd our dreams drownedIn the shattered streamsOf anxiety and perplexityShadowed by dreariness. Die not the smearing sunFor thy creatures need it.Die not the scorching sunFor the whole world weepsFor the coldness of the dawn. Our sight is blurred,But the thundering voiceOf a blissful sonShall change the shrieky tuneOf wails; Christ is the healing. WAR WITHOUT WEAPONS The world is at war;Fighting an invisible rivalWhose fame of victorySpreads like a wildfireCirculating flames of furiesInto the burning minds of men. Bring not bow and arrowsFor the enemy’s shell is sturdy,Stronger than that of a coconut.Bring not spears,For … Continue reading Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

How Invaluable Can Life Be by Ololade Edun | Fiction | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

How Invaluable Can Life Be? If anyone told me that I’ll lose a loved one to viruses which I’ve been studying in the university, I’ll call it the biggest lie of the century. I will gather strength to discredit such person and maybe dissociate from such Harbinger of Death. But here it is, 33 days later and I still hope, pray fervently that all and everything of these past months should be a dream, one I will wake up from and regard as devil’s antics to destroy me. My name is Ololade Edun and this is not your usual story. … Continue reading How Invaluable Can Life Be by Ololade Edun | Fiction | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine